weekend renewal

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Hi there! I know, I know. It’s been a while. Clearly, blogging and taking courses with CCEF can’t happen at the same time for me. But I’m not sweating it. The work is just for a season and I am learning so much and I feel immensely blessed. I just completed my hardest course yet, on Biblical interpretation, and I am thankful for this much-needed break. I hope to write as much as I can in the next month before I’ll likely disappear again for my final class.

Of course, I can never begin writing again without playing in my blog sandbox. Don’t expect any major changes, just a little fine-tuning to make this space reflect the possibilities I’ve imagined. The biggest change will be a new tag line, which is sort of a big deal. It’s such a small thing, yet means so much. I’ve finally come up with something that pulls together my story and my dream. So, yes, it is a big deal.

While I had to take a break from writing, I never stop reading. Here are some good articles from the past month or so, if you have a few moments to take a look:

A Man Stole This Woman’s Wallet, and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next – A story of grace.

The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men — and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring – Oh, girls, you who seek romance in creative proposals (even as early as an invitation to a high school homecoming dance), this is especially for you. And even you who are long married and wonder if romance is real. Yes it is, but perhaps not in the way you once thought.

How a man proposes isn’t what makes him romantic. It’s how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.

The Art and Science of the Humblebrag – A humorous look at an ever-increasing symptom of our self-centeredness.

Of all the words coined in response to the realities of this digital world, of all the words recently added to the dictionary, humblebrag must be among the best. According to the Macmillan dictionary, a humblebrag is “a statement in which you pretend to be modest but which you are really using as a way of telling people about your success or achievements.” It is bragging in the guise of humility, putting a thin veneer of humble over a clear expression of proud. And it seems to be an integral part of an effective social media presence.

Have you managed to get thousands of people to follow you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook? Do you need to keep reminding them why you are worthy of their attention? Let me offer you some ways you can grow in the art and science of the humblebrag.

Modesty Matters: The Heart of Modesty

And this is what so many modesty discussions turn into. “Only this high. Only this short. Never in this combination.” We feel what may be a good desire to be modest and we address it through rules. Soon we become captive to the rules; the rules become our salvation and our sanctification.

13 Characteristics of a Date Rapist: A List You Need to Share – Yes! Please share – with your daughters, friends, everyone.

So how are you, friends? I hope you are finding moments for quiet in the midst of the festivities. I am thoroughly enjoying the lights, music, and wonder of Advent. There is such thrill in anticipation. I am grateful for the focused reminder of Christ’s return. May our hearts bow low before Him.

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.